Thanks for staying with us as we welcome the month of November; a time of year when many celebrate thanksgiving and gratitude. For those of you checking in for the first time, we took last week off to celebrate the first two holiday events of the autumn season, Halloween and Nevada Day. During that time we had the opportunity to participate in a few higher learning classes — all of which were very informative and engaging.
What made the classes particularly appealing was the level of commitment each facilitator utilized to engage participants. Therefore, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and appreciation, we made the decision to share some of the valuable information we picked up from these sessions for everyone interested in continuing this journey with us of self-improvement in the field of organizational management.
We embark on this week’s expedition by asking the following three simple questions:
- Have you ever found yourself in a situation wondering if you made the right decision?
- Is there a way to know if the decision we are making is the best decision available?
- Is there a process that we can implement to help us make wise and confident decisions?
On October 22, the classified staff at the College of Southern Nevada were invited to attend a training class entitled Improving Decision Making Skills. The training session was facilitated by CSN’s Chief Administrator and Executive Director, Joan McGee and Dr. Wendy Weiner, CSN’s Dean of Arts and Letters. In this session, the facilitators provided empowering answers to those very questions and revealed the steps required to help determine how to make the right decisions with respect to any pending issues we may be faced to confront. They also included valuable insights and tips on how to achieve career and personal goals more effectively.
This training session served as a reminder that the decision-making process is a topic important to everyone because it is a significant part of daily our existence. For example, we are required to make decisions that will impact our future at school, work, our home and in our communities. Whether it’s a decision about what to make for breakfast, what program to invest time on, or choosing the best candidate to vote for, the decision-making process plays an important role in how we live our lives. However, the inability to evaluate the best outcome can hinder that process, especially when heightened emotions are involved which tend to cloud an individual’s judgment. That is why the most successful leaders make a concerted effort to develop their decision making skills to help them make confident choices.
To sum up, what we took away from the training session, is that in order to achieve the most successful outcomes in the decision-making process, we must continue to develop our skills. To begin this journey, we must first acknowledge and analyze the importance of goal setting. Next, we are required to identify the best practices for assessing outcomes that will result in the most effective decisions. Then, we can evaluate the different tools available that will help keep the momentum flowing when outcomes are not achieved exactly as planned.
That’s it for now! On Wednesday’s post, we will continue this discussion and provide a survey that will help us reveal just how effective our current decision-making skills are. Thanks for dropping by. Until next time … stay grateful and keep working your organizational management skills!
There’s something in this attitude of Thanksgiving that carries us be on the field of doubt into one of perfect faith and acceptance, receptivity… Realization. – Ernest Holmes
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